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Marathon Runner Played Dead in Bear Attack

NM woman says mama bear 'was just being a bear'

(Newser) - A woman was running a marathon in a national preserve in northern New Mexico Saturday when she was attacked by a bear, wildlife officials say. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says Karen Williams—who suffered several bites and scratches and had injuries to her head, neck, and... More »

'Severe' Bear Attacks Kill 4 in Japan

Officials retaliate against Asiatic black bear

(Newser) - Northern Japan is on the alert after bear attacks left four people fatally mauled over the past few weeks, the Guardian reports. Most recently, 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki was found dead in the Akita prefecture this weekend in an attack so severe that authorities could barely identify her. She was apparently... More »

Bear Was Killed After Attack on Hiker—the Wrong Bear

He 'fit the profile,' says Smoky Mountains rep

(Newser) - Wildlife officials shot and killed a 400-pound bear thought to have attacked a hiker in Great Smoky Mountains National Park earlier this month. The only problem: The bear was innocent. DNA tests on the animal show the male black bear wasn't the overly aggressive one that bit a 49-year-old... More »

Alaska Professor Mauled by Bear While Teaching Class

He's in critical condition

(Newser) - A professor was mauled by a bear while teaching a mountaineering course Monday in the Alaskan wilderness, Alaska Dispatch News reports. According to the Washington Post , police say 35-year-old Forest Wagner "suffered extensive injuries to his leg" in the attack. Wagner, who's taught at the University of Alaska... More »

Coroner: Bullet, Not Bear Killed Woman

Playing dead was the wrong move during Yukon attack

(Newser) - The husband of a Yukon woman killed in a bear attack last year has been horrified to discover that it was his own bullet that killed her. Claudia Huber's husband, Matthias Liniger, fired at the bear as it dragged her away during the October 2014 attack, and Yukon Chief... More »

As Boy Scout Leader Enters Cave, Bear Grabs His Foot

Christopher Petronino struck bear with rock hammer, then assumed the fetal position

(Newser) - Since the time he was a much younger man, Christopher Petronino has been exploring a cave at Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township, NJ. On Sunday, the 50-year-old Boy Scout troop leader decided to show the cave he first entered some three decades ago to his son and the two... More »

Hunter Wakes Up to Black Bear Chewing on His Head

Worst. Alarm Clock. Ever.

(Newser) - A hunter camping in central Idaho endured the worst alarm clock nature could devise when he woke up to a black bear biting his head. Idaho Fish and Game officials said in a statement Wednesday that 29-year-old Stephen Vouch of Boise had been hunting bighorn sheep with friends and awoke... More »

Guy Fights Off Grizzly Bear by Pushing Arm Down Its Throat

Chase Dellwo recalled an old article he'd read

(Newser) - A bow hunter is alive and fairly well after surviving a grizzly bear attack, but what's amazing is how he fought back. Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother near the town of Choteau, Montana, on Saturday when they saw a herd of elk, the Great Falls Tribune... More »

What You Should Never Do If You Meet a Bear

Don't run; and the type of bear matters in important ways

(Newser) - Bear populations are rising, though attacks remain rare, with your chances of being injured by one somewhere around 1 in 2 million. Still, with encounters growing more likely in North America, scientists took a look at nearly 700 bear attacks to figure out possible patterns and advice, reports National Geographic... More »

Woman's Bear Spray Doesn't Protect Her

20-year-old is mauled in Alaska

(Newser) - A line you don't want to hear: She "tried to use bear spray to no avail." That's apparently what happened in Alaska yesterday. The Alaska Dispatch News reports a 20-year-old woman was attacked by a bear near Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. The mauling reportedly... More »

Guy Wins $83K Over Panda Bite

Officials chased a wild bear onto man's lawn in northwestern China

(Newser) - Pandas may prefer their meals in the form of bamboo, but that doesn't mean their bite is toothless. A man in China recently received a harsh reminder of that after a wild panda bit his leg after authorities pursued the critter onto his lawn, reports AFP via Yahoo . The... More »

'Bear Lady' May Have Been Killed by One

Body of Kay Grayson, 67, found in the woods near her NC mobile home

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman referred to by locals as "the bear lady" may have been killed by the very object of her affection. The body of Kay Grayson, 67, was found in the woods near her mobile home on Monday, though she may have died earlier this month, Tyrrell... More »

Student Killed by Bear Took Pictures of It First

Darsh Patel lost shoe, told friends to go ahead

(Newser) - A Rutgers University student took five photos of a black bear that killed him soon afterward, and police yesterday released the images. They show the bear at a distance of about 100 feet from Darsh Patel , who took the pictures with his phone in the Apshawa Preserve in New Jersey.... More »

Boy, 9, Loses Arm Trying to Feed Zoo Bear

Child had stuck arm through cage to try to feed the animal

(Newser) - A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said today. The attack happened yesterday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in Henan province, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed to... More »

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student

Darsh Patel is state's first bear death since 1852

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Rutgers University student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey since 1852 after an attack Sunday afternoon just a few dozen miles west of Manhattan. Police say Darsh Patel was hiking with four friends in the Apshawa Preserve when they encountered the... More »

Bieber Song Scares Off an Attacking Bear

Russian fisherman saved by 'Baby' ringtone

(Newser) - Justin Bieber's antics can be enough to put you off your Wheaties, but his music is apparently enough to scare off a rampaging brown bear: Russian fisherman Igor Vorozhbitsyn was walking to a spot in the Yakutia Republic when "there was a tremendous impact on my back... More »

Man, 66, Walks Half a Mile After Grizzly Mauling

Another bear crashes 1-year-old's birthday party

(Newser) - A 66-year-old Alaska man survived a grizzly bear mauling and was able to walk 900 yards—that's half a mile—to his homestead despite serious injuries. In the attack earlier this week, Andre Siegenthaler "suffered bites to his right hip area, both shoulders, and arms; his left cheek... More »

Grizzly Bear 'Went to Town' on Me, Says Survivor

Jessica Gamboa describes her encounter with a mama grizzly

(Newser) - Jessica Gamboa was out on a training run for a half-marathon, but she ended up faced with a far more difficult journey: walking two miles after a May 18 bear attack . Gamboa, 25, was running with her husband—a soldier at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson—when she saw a... More »

Woman Walks 2 Miles After Surviving Bear Attack

She was mauled while jogging at Alaska military base

(Newser) - Officials say a soldier's wife is lucky to be alive after being mauled by a brown bear on a sprawling military base in Alaska. The woman was jogging when she startled the bear and her two cubs, and officials at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson say the bear saw... More »

Bear Kills Female Energy Worker in Canada

Woman attacked at plant in Alberta

(Newser) - A female employee of Canada's largest oil and gas company was killed by a black bear at a work site in northern Alberta, reports the CBC . The 36-year-old had just emerged from a washroom at Suncor's oil-sands site when she encountered the bear, reports Global News . Co-workers tried... More »

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